Capt. John A. Coggins of Orange died peacefully at home with his family by his side Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. Funeral services were Tuesday morning, Sept. 22, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Bridge City. Officiating was the Rev. Keith Royal of Winfree Baptist Church, with burial at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. 

John was born on March 26, 1924 in Lynn, Mass. He was the son of Carl and Vivian (Strong) Coggins. John served in the Navy during World War II, where he received a Purple Heart. He was a member of the Masons, Rotary and Shriners. John worked as a marine consultant and merchant marine captain. After retirement John volunteered to teach aboard Texas A&M Galveston School ship.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Vivian Coggins; and son, Paul Coggins.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Coggins; son, Glenn Coggins of Pensacola, Fla.; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Marlon Rothrock, and Linda and Ron Threatt both of Orange; daughter-in-law, Angel Coggins; grandchildren, Chad Coggins, Craig Coggins, Tina Coggins, Bridget Brack, Casey Thibodeaux, Lacie Weston, Taylor Weston, Nicole Threatt, Kristina Threatt; and eight great-grandchildren.

Serving as pallbearers were Craig Coggins, Chad Coggins, Taylor Weston, David Roberts, Danny Roberts, and Chris Kite. Honorary pallbearer was Chris Brack.